Electrical Maintenance Technician

Job reference:
BAS 22/13
Contract type:
Antarctic Contract
Summer Duration-up to 6 months Winter Duration- up to 18 months
£25,179 per annum initially. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a bonus of up to 10%.
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Closing date:
14 August, 2022 11:59 pm


British Antarctic Survey is offering a unique opportunity as an Electrical Maintenance Technician in Antarctica.

Antarctica is the coldest and most isolated continent in the world. It’s also the most exhilarating, providing a unique and spectacular setting for our vital scientific research. By joining the team responsible for building and maintaining our facilities and equipment, you could play a crucial role in our success.

We are recruiting experienced and skilled technicians to take responsibility for maintenance, repair and support of electrical services at our Antarctic research stations during the Antarctic winter months.

BAS operates five sites from smaller domestic size sites. We require a broad range of skills to maintain our stations in all aspects of electrical maintenance including installers and testers, control specialists, maintenance technicians either domestic commercial or industrial experience.
Responsible for the maintenance, repair, support and upkeep of all electrical services on the station, you will be expected to work on all aspects of the electrical trade, including installations, breakdowns and testing. Using your own initiative, you will be required to undertake duties without direct technical guidance on site. You will need a full electrical apprenticeship, and will have attained a relevant BTEC or City & Guilds qualification, together with practical experience.

Who we are

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Our skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through our extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation www.ukri.org

We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as keep the keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in one of the most unique places in the world, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.

COVID-19 update
• We have a responsibility to do everything that we can to ensure that BAS Ships and Stations remain COVID free and that staff are deployed safely and responsibly. Our medical screening for this season will therefore take account of the recognised factors that increase your risk of an adverse reaction to the coronavirus (Primarily this is BMI at or above 30, age over 60 years old, or a history of smoking). The assessment is done confidentially by our Medical Unit and the criteria might be subject to change.
• You might be required to quarantine two weeks prior to your deployment, and you might sail to Antarctica on our polar ship.

All applications will be checked at point of application by BAS staff and those without the right to work in the UK or without a realistic prospect of being able to acquire the right to work in the UK will not progress.


To take responsibility for all planned maintenance, reactive repair, support and upkeep of all electrical and associated services on Station.


  •  Served full apprenticeship, BTEC, relevant City & Guilds or NVQ
  • Recognised qualification within the electrical services industry.


Be responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of:

  • General lighting & power
  •  Mains distribution (240v single phase & 400v three phase)
  •  HVAC controls
  •  BMS controls
  •  Generator alternators and control systems
  •  Domestic appliances
  •  Fire detection and suppression systems
  • The electrical maintenance technician will also assist the mechanical maintenance technicians with repairs on ‘life-support systems’ such as water generation (reverse osmosis), heating etc

In addition, the electrical maintenance technician is responsible for:

  •  The maintenance and servicing of fire extinguishers (Training provided)
  •  Breathing apparatus (Training provided)
  • Refrigeration systems (Training provided)
  •  Reporting of problems or work requests to the line manager.
  •  Carrying out works as directed by the line manager.
  •  Carrying out the pre-planned maintenance (PPM) programme
  •  Carrying out non-routine repair and maintenance as necessary, to ensure the safe, efficient and effective operational needs of the Station.
  •  Carrying out and supervising the installation of refurbishment works as required to meet the efficient and effective operational needs of the Station.
  •  Maintenance of tools and resources required to complete all maintenance and repair works.
  •  Maintaining and revising material and tools stock lists, to ensure that sufficient and adequate spares, equipment and materials are available to carry out all required PPM.
  •  Reporting and documenting all works carried out through the PPM system.
  •  Recording and documenting of all reactive works carried out.
  •  Production of an annual report on the condition of Station electrical services, which should include any recommended improvements.
  •  Work with and ‘stand in for’ other staff to ensure the efficient and effective operational needs of the Station are maintained.
  •  Undertake other general duties as required or directed by the line manager and Station Leader.

Please quote reference: BAS 21/13
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 14th August 2022
Interviews are scheduled to be held: TBC

As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome.

Antarctic deployment involves working in a remote and harsh environment where adaptations to working, living and recreation areas are not achievable to a level that might be expected in the UK. There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement to be physically capable of negotiating rough, icy and snowy terrain as well as being mentally resilient and medically fit.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Use of e-mail systems - Essential
  • Able to plan and manage both time and workload - Essential
  • Use of electronic pre-planned maintenance systems (PPM) - Essential
  • Report writing - Desirable [3]

Decision Making

  • Ability to work within a management structure - Essential
  • Be self motivated - Essential
  • Ability to report any problems or issues to line manager - Essential
  • Good problem solving skills - Essential
  • Ability to work either individually or as part of a team - Essential
  • Flexible approach to all tasks and duties given - Desirable [2]

Managerial ability

  • Ability to use tools and materials in a workmanlike manner - Essential
  • Ability to motivate a small team - Desirable [2]

Numerical ability

  • Basic computer operating skills; using the Microsoft Office suite of programmes - Essential


  • Served full apprenticeship, BTEC, relevant City & Guilds or NVQ - Essential
  • Recognised qualification within the electrical services industry - Essential
  • CSCS certificate - Desirable [4]
  • Electrical inspection and testing qualification - Desirable [3]

Resource Management ability

  • Understanding and experience of the importance of stock control, monitoring and ordering - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Practical post qualification/apprenticeship site experience - Essential
  • Knowledge of light commercial electrical power supply systems - Essential
  • Experience of building management systems (BMS) - Essential
  • Experience of refrigeration systems - Essential
  • Experience of LV and HV systems and equipment - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of domestic appliances - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of cooling systems - Desirable [3]

In order to apply, please complete and upload all the application forms listed below. If you experience any issues in uploading your Application Form, please email us your complete application, making reference to the job reference and title.

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The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

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